Watchmen Takes Top Honors at the 4th Annual Black Reel Awards for Television

Insecure Wins Three Awards
Pose Wins Outstanding Drama

A “remix” of the original comic superhero film, Watchmen, was the evening’s big winner taking home five awards at the 4th Annual Black Reel Awards for Television Awards.

The HBO limited series created by Damon Lindelof won Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series, as well as Outstanding Actress for Regina King, and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Yahya Abdul Mateen II. The show also swept both the directing and writing category winning Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series for Stephen Williams (“The Extraordinary Being”) as well as Outstanding Writing, TV Movie/Limited Series for both Christal Henry and Lindelof (“If Wou Don’t Like My Story, Build Your Own”).

The evening’s other double-digit nominee, Insecure also had a solid night capturing three of its ten nominations. The critically-acclaimed comedy won Outstanding Comedy Series and also two of the ensemble cast, Issa Rae won Outstanding Actress, Comedy and her co-star Yvonne Orji captured Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy.

There were plenty of first-time winners including Eddie Murphy’s triumphant return to Saturday Night Live which won him Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series. Murphy won his first Black Reel Award earlier this year for Dolemite Is My Name and now has scored his first BRAT award.

Pose also won a pair of awards, including a history-making honor for Janet Mock, who became the first woman to ever win Outstanding Directing, Drama (“In My Heels”) as well as winning Outstanding Drama Series.

Despite the cancellation earlier this week of Hulu’s High Fidelity, the show received a wonderful parting gift – an Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series win for an episode written by E.T. Feigenbaum & show’s lead, Zoe Kravitz.

Check out the other winners, below:

4th Annual Black Reel Award for Television Winners

Comedy Categories

Outstanding Comedy Series
Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series
Don Cheadle | Black Monday (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series
Issa Rae | Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Kenan Thompson | Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Yvonne Orji | Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series
Dear White People (Netflix)
Chapter V | Cheryl Dunye

Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series
High Fidelity (HULU)
Uptown | E.T. Feigenbaum & Zoe Kravitz

Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series
Eddie Murphy | Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series
Maya Rudolph | The Good Place (NBC)

Drama Categories

Outstanding Drama Series
Pose (FX)

Outstanding Actor, Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown | This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Actress, Drama Series
Zendaya | Euphoria (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Giancarlo Esposito | Godfather of Harlem (EPIX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Thandie Newton | Westworld (HBO)

Outstanding Directing, Drama Series
Pose (FX)
In My Heels | Janet Mock

Outstanding Writing, Drama Series
This Is Us (NBC)
A Hell of a Week: Part One | Jon Dorsey

Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series
Chad L. Coleman | All American (CW)

Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series
Cicely Tyson | How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

TV Movie/Limited Series Categories

Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series
Watchmen (HBO)

Outstanding Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series
Blair Underwood | Self Made (Netflix)

Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
Regina King | Watchmen (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series
Yahya Abdul-Manteen II | Watchmen (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
Lexi Underwood | Little Fires Everywhere (HULU)

Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series
Watchmen (HBO)
This Extraordinary Being | Stephen Williams

Outstanding Writing, TV Movie/Limited Series
Watchmen (HBO)
If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own | Damon Lindelof & Christal Henry

TV Documentaries/Specials & Music Categories

Outstanding TV Documentary or Special
The Last Dance (ESPN)
Jason Hehir

Outstanding Music
(Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series)
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime)

Wins Total Summary

5 Wins

3 Wins

2 wins
Saturday Night Live
This Is Us

1 win
All American
Black Monday
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel
Godfather of Harlem
The Good Place
High Fidelity
How to Get Away With Murder
The Last Dance
Little Fires Everywhere
Self Made

Wins Per Network

ABC | 1 win
How to Get Away With Murder – 1 win

CW | 1 win
All American – 1 win

EPIX | 1 win
Godfather of Harlem – 1 win

ESPN | 1 win
The Last Dance – 1 win

FX | 2 wins
Pose – 2 wins

HBO | 10 wins
Euphoria – 1 win
Insecure – 3 wins
Watchmen – 5 wins
Westworld – 1 win

HULU | 2 wins
High Fidelity – 1 win
Little Fires Everywhere – 1 win

Lifetime | 1 win
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel – 1 win

Netflix | 2 wins
Dear White People – 1 win
Self Made – 1 win

NBC | 6 wins
The Good Place – 1 win
Saturday Night Live – 2 wins
This Is Us – 2 wins

Showtime | 1 win
Black Monday – 1 win


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